10th Anniversary Collaborative Doctoral Awards Conference

The Collaborative Doctoral Award scheme started in 2005 and has awarded over 600 studentships in the past 10 years both through the open call and, more recently, through the Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships route.

These awards have helped to encourage and develop collaborative relationships between academia and the non-HEI sector with partners from a diverse range of sectors such as business, regional museums, regional arts organisations and community groups. They provide opportunities for doctoral students to gain first-hand experience of work, and research context, outside the university environment enhancing the employment-related skills and training a student gains during the course of their PhD.

10th Anniversary Conference

As part of its 10th Anniversary, the AHRC invited past and present students, partner organisation representatives and academic PI’s to attend an event to celebrate 10 years of Collaborative Doctoral Award Studentships.

The event included keynote speeches from Suzanne Bardgett, Imperial War Museum, and Richard Clay, Birmingham University.

Current CDA funded students (award start date of 2013 onwards) took part in a “translating research” presentation session. Each presenter had up to three minutes to present their CDA project in an innovative and interesting way.

Current CDA students (those starting from Oct 2012 onwards via the open or CDP routes), were given the opportunity to create a digital poster which outlined their project in an interesting and informative way. The posters were displayed throughout the day and generated new networking opportunities for the students, representatives of partner organisations and PI's. The posters can be seen below in the image gallery.